Bomber Park Life Passion Fruit Ale

Reviewed by on July 11, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bomber Brewing

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: July 11, 2016

  • Best Before: Drink Fresh

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

East Van’s Bomber Brewing produce this summery passion fruit ale, but with not a lot of further info available on the label.  Memories of Blur’s mid-90s suburban and soccer anthem come to mind right about now (‘all the people, so many people’).

This 355ml can pours a murky, medium apricot yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, caked, and somewhat fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some sparse sudsy islet lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of muddled tart tropical fruit esters (passionfruit, I suppose, but with the addition of peach and papaya to the mix), bready pale malt, some ethereal caramel notes, a wee funky yeastiness, further indistinct citrus bitters, and some weak earthy, leafy, and mildly perfumed floral green hoppiness. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a growing caramel sweetness, underripe passionfruit (without really knowing what that’s like), apricot and peach stone fruit, a still moderated yeast astringency, and more timid leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.  The carbonation is rather active in its probing and supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, only the yeast seeming to come into a bit of trouble here.  It finishes off-dry, the hard to differentiate dark fruitiness holding tough, alongside the lingering mixed maltiness.

Overall, this is a lively and easy to put back summer quaffer, with a touch of that, er, ‘something’, which is why I’m tempted to go ‘wild’ with this one’s classification.  At any rate, a pleasant fruit ale, from a brewer who is increasingly coming across to me as one who can do no real wrong.

Brady White

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